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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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No block-party fees = good move

There’s no downside to getting to know your neighbors. If you don’t know them well, following are two ideas to get you started.

• Host a block party. Not only is summer the ideal time to throw a get-together, but the city is issuing permits free of charge.

The Los Altos City Council agreed at its June 25 meeting to eliminate block-party permit fees, effective July 1. According to city spokeswoman Erica Ray, the council reached the decision after reviewing revenue generated from block-party fees in fiscal year 2012. At a cost of $105 per permit, the city collected $2,400 in fees.

“Council felt the $2,400 cost to the city was worth subsidizing in order to promote building community and encourage residents to take advantage of the opportunity to host block parties in their neighborhoods,” Ray said.

Don’t set up those folding chairs quite yet, however, as permits are still required. Residents must secure a permit through the police department and submit it to city hall at least 10 days prior to the event. To download a copy of the permit application, visit losaltosca.gov/police/forms.html. Email the completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Now residents can apply that $105 toward the barbecue, not the bureaucrats. We offer a big thanks to city staff and the city council for making this happen.

• Join the new emergency preparedness movement. The Los Altos Community Foundation’s Los Altos PREPARE program is scheduled to launch Community Action Teams for neighborhoods 6-9 p.m. Aug. 6 as part of National Night Out. It should be a great opportunity to mingle, learn about residential safety programs and have a little fun at the same time.

Attendees will also hear more about the PREPARE program, which the foundation launched this year to coordinate residents, agencies and others to ensure effective response to major disasters and emergencies. Resident Sherie Dodsworth founded PREPARE, in part, after she discovered that Los Altos had no such program – the city cut funding for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program some years back. Good going, Sherie. For more information, visit www.lacf.org.

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